Gardener guilty of raping 3-year-old

A former gardener at the Lesedi Day Care Centre in Floors was on Thursday found guilty of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl in the centre’s bathroom.

Cedric Golding, 31, a coloured man on Thursday appeared in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court’s sexual offences courtroom where magistrate, Jesse Clarke, explained his verdict.

Golding was initially charged with two counts of rape following the incident in September 2011. He pleaded not guilty.

The young victim testified during the trial that Golding, who worked as a gardener at the centre, took her from the playground to the centre’s bathroom, where he touched her vagina and anus, while the teachers “were busy inside”.

She also illustrated, with the aid of anatomically-correct dolls, what exactly happened.

The child’s mother also testified that the normally vibrant child had come home from the centre one afternoon and was “not her usual self”.

Source: IOL